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Greg Sherry is a member of the Executive Committee and an award-winning marketing and communications executive with 25+ years of experience developing strategic, integrated campaigns for many leading worldwide brands. In addition to serving as founder and CEO of his own agency, which he built and later sold to Publicis, Greg has held senior level positions with several, top independent firms. Greg also directed corporate communications for a 1B+ global consumer products company.
Greg oversees Kellen’s team of 65 Communications professionals, including Public Relations, Digital Marketing, Creative and Web Development, across the company, both here in the United States and International.
Greg has deep experience, working with many leading Consumer, B2B and Professional Services clients, worldwide. He has strong expertise in many of Kellen’s key markets, including Food & Beverage, Building & Construction, Consumer Lifestyle, Technology and Financial Services
In addition to membership in numerous Communications and Business organizations, Greg serves as a mentor for Platinum Minds, an education-based program, providing leadership training for inner city youth.
Joan Cear is responsible for public relations, marketing communications, social media, integrated marketing and issues, as well as crisis management programs for a wide range of Kellen clients such as Sweet’N Low, In The Raw brands, the Juice Products Association and the National Pasta Association.
Joan is a seasoned PR counselor and former journalist with experience in pro-active and public affairs client programs including consumer goods and services, trade and professional associations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. .
Joan graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is a past president of New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Foundation and a former board member of Make-A-Wish Foundations of Metro New York, Peninsula Counseling Center and America Scores-New York. She currently serves as a PR advisor to Angel Flight Northeast.
Holly Koenig provides executive oversight in marketing and business development as well as strategic support to Executive Directors in the company’s New York City office. She is a highly-skilled association executive with over 25 years of experience leading complex organizations at the international, national and local levels.
Holly has served dozens of nonprofits, trade groups and professional societies in the capacity of Executive Vice President or Executive Director including New York Women in Communications, the National Society of Healthcare Foodservice Management and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter.
Holly currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Society of Association Executives. She is a speaker on many association and organizational subjects and she conducts internal training and educational workshops on such topics as Board development and sponsorships. Holly has published numerous association management articles, enjoys career coaching and mentoring young professionals.
Maria Ungaro serves as executive director for The Content Council, the New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) and the NYWICI Foundation – the largest foundation for women’s communications scholarships in the United States. Maria is a seasoned association executive with almost 20 years at Kellen.
She is highly skilled in strategic thinking, operational effectiveness, membership retention, growth marketing and major event planning and fundraising. Maria has previously served Kellen in many other capacities including roles as executive director for the New York Women’s Agenda and deputy director to many trade associations such as the Builders Hardware Manufacturers and the Window Covering Safety Council.
A graduate of Fordham University, Maria holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major of Political Science with minor a Minor in Economics, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing.